Construction is considered the most dangerous industry in United States. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), nearly 6.5 million people are working in construction on more than 252,000 sites across the United States every day. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there were 3.3 million injuries and illnesses relating to construction accidents and more than 800 fatal accidents in 2009. Construction workers have a fatality rate of about three times greater than that of workers in other industries in the United States.
Although falls are the most common types of accident workers experience at construction sites, there are a variety of other hazards lurking on these work sites that can cause serious injury or even death. Falling objects can often be commonplace at construction sites because there are so many different tasks being carried out at the same time. About 19 percent of all construction site accidents are a result of some kind of contact with objects or equipment. Falling objects can include machinery, construction debris, or any equipment that was hoisted up but not secured properly.
OSHA requires all employers to provide construction workers with safety gear including hard hats, vests, proper footwear, and goggles, among other equipment. In the case of a falling object, a hard hat may prevent or lessen an injury. If an employer does not provide necessary safety equipment and an accident occurs, that company may be held liable for the injuries the worker has suffered. Injured construction accident victims may seek compensation from their employer by filing for workers compensation benefits
Even if safety gear is provided, employers may still be responsible for an injury caused by a falling object. While safety gear is essential for preventing injury, it must be recognized that it does not prevent injuries in all cases. OSHA requires employers to ensure the work environment is safe for all employees. Construction companies are expected to frequently inspect their sites.
The experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm fight hard to protect the rights of injured construction workers and their families. Our law firm recovered $3,375,576 for a construction worker who was injured on the job. If you or a loved has been injured in a New York work-related accident, please call our offices at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.
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Source: CDC, OSHA
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